A new innovation has created it possible for physicians to greatly improve their bypass surgery treatment techniques without depending on animals. The polyvinyl ’tissue’ makes it possible for physicians and healthcare citizens to practice bypass surgery treatment using the synthetic material in contrast to the current practice of using the arteries and veins of dead hogs or individual cadavers.
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The synthetic heart valves, arteries and veins created from polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel were developed by scientists at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna.
“The main problem of using arteries from individual or creature cadavers is that they break down very quickly if they are neglected with preservatives,” assumed by organizer Dr Hadi Mohammadi, who is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the university. “This artificial material doesn’t break down and can’t be infected, meaning doctors can practice their technique almost anywhere. An additional benefit is that this material can be designed securely and at low costs, which could fix any issues surgeons currently have in obtaining rehearsal materials.”
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The improvement is already being used for educating reasons by several physicians and healthcare citizens at the Kelowna General Hospital in British Columbia’s interior.
This new material is premeditated to feel like living individual cells and provides several benefits over what is currently being done, said by co-inventor Dr Guy Fradet, who is the head of cardiovascular surgery at a healthcare and an affiliate professor in the university’s Faculty of Medicine.
The synthetic heart valves, veins and arteries are presently being used to run through bypass surgery treatment on actual hearts collected from hogs. However, the two creators are at present working towards creating a synthetic heart using the new material, which could then be used to mostly eliminate the need to use any creature or individual cadaver cells and organs when practising heart surgery treatment.